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Tailbone Pain (Coccydynia)

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Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I fell backwards off of the engine compartment while standing on a step ladder about 2 1/2 feet so I would think since I am 6 foot tall that would make the fall about 7 feet. I had a hard tool stuffed in my back belt right where my tail bone is located, and fell flat on my back on the tail bone area, and I weigh 238 lb. It has been now 3 days and I am still in severe pain. I also have leg pain and bruises all over my body. I also have pitting edema in both legs from ankles to above my knees.

Comment from: Leonie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

In late 2014 I had a vaginal surgery with rectocele and cystocele. Then in mid-2015 I fell backwards onto my tailbone on a concrete step. I had an x-ray which was clear of any fractures but I was told the area was bruised badly and it may take a while to heal. I find it hard to sit longer than 15 to 20 minutes without it getting too painful and I find myself sitting sideways on my hip for relief. I find it best to keep upright and active.

Comment from: Tibble22, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I was trying to pull apart two of my dogs while they were fighting with each other, lost my grip and flew about 15 feet and landed on my tailbone. I take a painkiller regularly for several types of arthritis so I have felt minimum pain except when I am sitting on a hard surface. Icing the tailbone helped initially but now it's just a matter of time.

Comment from: Charlotte, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

About 1 year ago I had a severe bout of constipation. It resolved but now I have chronic pain in the anal area. I recently had a colonoscopy and everything looked good. The doctor said there were some tiny hemorrhoids but not anything that would require surgery. He said I also had a diverticula on the left side of the colon (not sure where). I have bowel movements every day or at least every other day. Most are not hard but some are solid. I have pain after the bowel movement so bad it hurts to sit. I wonder what could be causing this pain. I fell on my buttock on some ice about 30 years ago but this tailbone pain just started over the past 2 years. I sit at a desk 6 hours per day minimum.

REFERENCES:

Lirette, L.S., G. Chaiban, R. Tolba, and H. Eissa. "Coccydynia: An Overview of the Anatomy, Etiology, and Treatment of Coccyx Pain." Ochsner J 14.1 Spring 2014: 84-87.

Nathan, S.T., B.E. Fisher, and C.S. Roberts. "Coccydynia: a review of pathoanatomy, aetiology, treatment and outcome." J Bone Joint Surg Br 92 (2010):1622.

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